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Roundup: Dads’ Survival Guide, Outdoor Dining, Aliens …

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Dave and Jeanne Smith, and their 4 children.


Summer outdoor dining is almost over.

Autumn outdoor dining arrives soon.

Westport’s dining scene — which has been hot for a while — will be enhanced by the arrival of 3 new restaurants.

Mexicue adds to its 3 New York City, 2 Washington DC-area and 1 Stamford location when it opens at 38 Main Street, the site of the former Bobby Q’s and Onion Alley.

Casa Mi takes over from the old Le Penguin, in Sconset Square.

Further east, Tacombi moves into the property that for many years was AJ’s Farm Stand, near Stop & Shop.

All 3 will feature outdoor dining.

Casa Me opens soon, with tables fronting Sconset Square. Previous restaurants there had outdoor tables in an enclosed space, closer to the Post Road. (Photo/Dan Woog)


Lynsey Addario is usually behind a camera.

This month, the 1991 Staples High School graduate — and New York Times, Time and National Geographic photojournalist/Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “genius grant” winner — is herself the focus of a well-deserved feature story.

Vanity Fair posts some of her most compelling photos, from Ukraine, Darfur, a US military hospital and more. Her insights into each make for riveting reading. Click here to see and read. (Hat tip: Bonnie Erickson)

Lynsey Addario captured this dramatic shot, of desperate Libyan refugees in a boat off the coast of Italy. (Photo/Lynsey Addario)


Yesterday’s heavy — and long-awaited — rain may have contributed to downed wires on Wilton Road. A large tree took down power lines and a transformer between River Lane and Rices Lane, around 8 p.m. Crews worked through the night to restore power.

Wilton Road, last night. (Photo copyright by Ted Horowitz)Dave Matlow reports that according to Eversource this morning, power had been restored to approximately 30 of the 144 customers affected by the outage.

Utility work continued this morning on Wilton Road. (Photo/Dave Matlow)


Some real estate figures, from August 2022:

  • Median sales price: $1,949,500 (up 11% from August 2021)
  • Median sales price per square foot: $484 (up 17%)
  • Number of sales: 48 (down 36%)
  • Inventory: 114 (down 28%)
  • Days on market: 44 (up 16%)

(Hat tip: Michelle Cohen)

This 8-bedroom,, 8 1/2-bath house at 5 Hedley Farms Road is listed for $12,500,000. It is 13,128 square feet, and sits on a 7.27-acre lot.


In June, the Staples boys lacrosse team beat Darien 12-3, winning their first-ever state championship.

This month, 12 congratulatory banners — one for each goal — are displayed on a dozen businesses around town.

You can see them at Angelina’s, ASF Sports & Outdoors, Baker Graphics, Calise’s, Cushman & Wakefield (Loft space, Main Street), Gaetano’s, Gold’s Deli, Layla’s Falafel, Parker Mansion, Redi-Cut Carpet & Rugs, The Porch @ Christie’s and Westport Hardware.

When the banners come down, they won’t be tossed or forgotten. On October 3, they’ll be raffled off at the Staples Lacrosse Association’s golf fundraiser. To learn more, call Willis Gay: 203-216-4937.

Calise’s Carmine Cenatiempo points proudly to the banner.


Trombone master Steve Davis headlines tomorrow’s Jazz at the Post.

The Grammy Award winner will be joined by New York musicians Jason Cottler, Rick Germanson and Jason Tiemann, plus Westport’s own “Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall.

Shows on Thursday, September 8 (VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399, 465 Saugatuck Avenue) at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6:30. There’s a $10 cover. Reservations are strongly recommended: jazzatthepost@gmail.com.


Where are all the aliens?

Dr. Stephen Webb of the University of Portsmouth answers that question on September 20 (8 p.m.). It’s part of the Westport Astronomical Society’s free online science lecture series. Click here for the Zoom link; click here for the YouTube link.


CLASP Homes provides housing and support for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

On October 14 (Fairfield Theater Company, 7:30 p.m.), Band Central — a philanthropic organization that gives back to local charities through live musical events — headlines a CLASP fundraiser. “Flower Power: Music From the Generation of Love” features covers of songs from Buffalo Springfield, The Band, the Youngbloods, Doors, Sly & the Family  Stone, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, CSN&Y and more.

The pre-arty starts at 6:30 p.m., with light bites and the chance to win cool stuff. Click here for tickets and more information.


“Connectalent” is a bit of a mouthful.

So the full-service recruiting agency focused on “female and mom talent, has changed its name to FoundHer.

Co-founders Runa Knapp and Jasmine Silver — both Westport residents — say the name more accurately reflects their mission of “recruiting with purpose.” So far this year, 85% of placements have been of mothers returning to work.

For more information, click here.


John Hanley died peacefully Saturday, surrounded by his family. He was 31 years old.

Born in Norwalk to Terry and Dianne Hanley, he grew up in Shelton. He moved to his parents’ hometown of Westport for high school.

John played football for Shelton Pop Warner. He spent summers in Westport working with his father playing in the dirt, and learning how to run machines. As he grew older, he found his passion operating machinery of all types.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator with Burns Construction. He took great pride in his work, and joined Heavy Equipment Operators Local Union 478.

John enjoyed spending time with his family on his father’s boat, and at Longshore. He loved going to New York Giants games.

He also enjoyed discussing history and world issues, and never shied away from a good debate.

John’s family says, “his smile and charm lit up the room. He was always the life of the party.”

John’s survivors include his mother Dianne and stepfather Craig; father Terry and stepmother Marcy; sisters Celeste, Noelle and Hailey; brother Shawn; brothers-in-law Rene and Luis; nieces Jocelyn, Eyda and Stella; many aunts, uncles and cousins, and best friends Jack and Matt.

The family will receive friends tomorrow (Thursday, September 8, 4 to 8 p.m., Harding Funeral Home). John’s funeral is Friday (September 9, 10 a.m., Assumption Church). Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road.

Click here to leave online condolences. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

John Hanley


Molly Alger has a keen eye for nature. The other day she spotted a monarch butterfly, developing on milkweed. It’s one more example of our wonderful “Westport … Naturally” world.

(Photo/Molly Alger)


And finally … in honor of the Westport Astronomical Society’s webinar about aliens (story above):

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Roundup: Tacombi, Tennis, Tuition Grants …


According to its website, Tacombi is “a Mexican company founded on the soft sands of the Yucatan … focused on sharing authentic taco culture. Our taqueros proudly work every day to preserve and share Mexico’s culinary traditions — and we do it sustainably with wholesome, simple ingredients free of antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification or artificial additives & preservatives.”

Danny Meyer just led a $27.5 million round of investments. That will allow Tacombi to expand beyond its 11 locations in the trendiest neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus new locations soon in Miami and Bethesda.

And — in December 2022 — Westport.

The website gives no information, other than “Old Post Road.”

Muy interesante! There is an Old Post Road in Fairfield — but here in Westport, it’s “Post Road East” and “Post Road West.”

Of course, Fairfield is just a few yards away from a restaurant Danny Meyer already owns: Shake Shack.

Readers: If you know anything more about Tacombi coming to Westport, click “Comments” below.


Westporters are avid supporters of the Oyebog Tennis Academy. The brainchild of Intensity pro Joseph Oyebog, it sends gently used equipment and clothing to his native Cameroon.

A container is almost ready to ship — and a very generous donor is covering its cost. There’s a final push now to make sure every inch is filled.

Among the requests: used tennis balls, racquets, bags, sneakers and clothes; new poly strings and new heavy-duty balls (US Open, Slazenger, Technifibre).

Items can be dropped off now through December 26, at 104 Long Lots Road. There are OTA bins by the garage.

Want to donate cash? Click here!

Joseph Oyebog (center) and friends, with the 2018 shipment.


Applications are open for Staples Tuition Grants’ awards for the 2022-23 school year.

Since its start in 1943 with one $100 scholarship, STG has helped students with financial need attend college. Last year, the organization provided $350,000 in grants to 129 graduating seniors, and students already in college.

Click here to apply for a grant — or donate. The application deadline is April 10.


Speaking of Staples: Congratulations to the high school’s Students of the Month!

Seniors Molly Liles and Jack Kuster, juniors Franca Strandell and John Whittle, sophomore Samantha Sheldon and freshmen Isabel Brookbanks and Westley Dick awere nominated by their teachers.

Principal Stafford Thomas calls them ” the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who keep the high school together, making it the special place that it is. The award recognizes the positive attitude they bring to school every day.”

From left: Jack Kuster, Westley Dick, Isabel Brookbanks, Franca Strandell, Molly Liles, Samatha Sheldon. Missing: John Whittle.


There are just 2 Thursdays remaining — December 16 and 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — to stock up on local food and gifts from local farmers, prepared food vendors and artisans with unique crafts at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

WFM takes place at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center (7 Sylvan Lane) — itself an area icon for Christmas trees, holiday plants, ornaments, and more,

In addition to the Farmers’ Market familiar list of vendors, the upcoming markets feature surprise guest artisans, music, caroling, food and beverages (with tables set up for lunch).

Children of all ages will enjoy Get Growing, a popular kids’ craft event.


One of the highlights of Saturday’s “06880” Holiday Stroll was an Ugly Sweater Contest.

These women did not win. But they took their show on the road. Yesterday, they proudly showed off their ugliest sweaters, on their own stroll.

Wait till next year …

From left: Jen Seideman, Patti Brill, Tammy Barry.


Marleen Salko calls this “Westport … Naturally” photo “Morning.” It’s from her Greens Farms yard.

(Photo/Marleen Salko)


And finally … Stonewall Jackson — the country music artist, not the general — died earlier this month in Nashville, from vascular dementia. He was 89.

Stonewall was his real name. He earned his greatest fame in the late 1950s and early ’60s. He had 35 Top 40 country hits, and performed at the Grand Ole Opry for decades. Click here for a full obituary. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)